Raising the bar for teacher prep admissions raises the bar for entry into the teaching profession. This is a step we should take. And in order to make this work, we must do this without loopholes.
In North Carolina, we address teacher shortage areas in part by attracting second-career professionals (often called lateral entrants), who require alternative licensure. I frequently hear calls to "remove the barriers" to the classroom for these individuals. While we certainly don't want repetitive coursework getting in the way, we must not confuse this with the standards we hold for entering the teaching profession. Currently, to become a lateral entry teacher, one only needs to have a bachelor's degree in an appropriate discipline with a 2.50 cumulative GPA. This is a lower bar than CAEP is setting, a lower bar than the AFT is suggesting, a lower bar than high-performing nations set, and it is too low a bar for our profession.
By all means, yes, let's raise the bar for entry into teacher preparation programs. And let's do it right by making sure that we are truly raising the bar for entry into the classroom.